Council offers free water packs




Despite recent rain, Cobar Shire Council will continue to enforce our current water restrictions.

Council has produced water information packages to assist the community in becoming more water conscientious and to further raise awareness about the current continuing drought.

The packs include: a three-minute shower timer, colouring-in sheets for the kids, fridge magnets, a home water efficiency audit sheet and a reminder about the current water restrictions.

Council’s water and sewer manager Victor Papierniak said Burrendong Dam has reached 6.7 per cent capacity with the recent inflows extending out the bulk water transfer, dead storage pumping and river cease to flow dates.

“Under the highly unlikely but worst case scenario event of zero inflow, the bulk water transfer and dead storage pumping are now forecast for the end of 2020,” Mr Papierniak said.

In this forecast the Macquarie River would cease to flow by approximately March 2021.

“Despite the recent rain reaching Burrendong Dam, regional NSW is still however experiencing one of the worst droughts on record,” Mr Papierniak said.

Council urges locals to be water-wise and collect one of their free information packs  from the Council office, library and the Cobar Newsagency.